Spurs star Lloris: "Arsenal speculation is embarrassing"

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has completely played down rumours that he would be open to playing for bitter rivals Arsenal.

The rumours began as a result of Gunners striker Olivier Giroud suggesting that his compatriot would be open to a move to Arsenal, with the striker saying; "Have I asked him to join Arsenal? Yes, I have, with Lolo (Koscielny). He would have liked to, he would quite like to. You will have to ask him the question."

Well, that's just what has happened. Lloris has been asked about the speculation, and hit back by saying the rumours were "embarrassing".

"Yes I heard about that," said Lloris. "I think maybe some words were twisted, but it is embarrassing. I don't think that, I'm very focused on Spurs' ambition and I am very pleased to play for Spurs.

"I have too much respect for the Club and the Spurs fans to think that kind of thing. Of course I know him very well because we are teammates in the national team - the same with Laurent Koscielny - but I am a Spurs player and I'm very proud to play here."

Question marks surround Lloris' long-term future at White Hart Lane, with the French international stopper wanting to play in the Champions League. Should Spurs fail to finish in the top four, Lloris could leave the club, with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona linked recently.

A move to Arsenal would give him the European football he craves, but we saw the reaction from Spurs fans when Sol Campbell made the same move across North London, and if Lloris truly does have too much respect for Tottenham to make the switch to the Emirates Stadium, then he would completely avoid any notion of becoming a Gunner.

image: © Станислав Ведмидь

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch